The National Trust are pleased to update you on some significant progress for plans at Wellington Monument that mean its future is beginning to look more secure. In short, they are going to be starting repairs to address the worst affected parts of the structure using nearly £2million that has already been secured. They will also be raising awareness of the issues faced and aiming to get more people engaged to help us raise money towards the additional £2million needed to undertake a full programme of repairs.
The nearly £2m already secured is from the Libor Fund, several individual gifts, War Memorials Trust and a significant commitment from the National Trust.
The detailed design work that is vital to inform the repairs will continue for the rest of this year and they expect to tender for the main contract in December. Repairs would then start on site in early summer 2019 and continue for most of 2020.
Currently they will only be able to repair the most badly damaged areas of the monument. Starting at the top they will repair the upper third, as well as correcting the bulging north face and starting to tackle some of the failing blade stones. But they will continue to work hard to raise the additional £2m needed to keep working down the structure – eventually reaching ground level and the plinth and thereby completing the full conservation repair. The more they can raise the more work they can undertake and the more cost-effective the work becomes.
The monument is now a national fundraising priority for the Trust and it has the full support of our senior team. The profile this gives the National Trust support the campaign over the coming few years.
They are hugely grateful for all the help and support they’ve already received without which they certainly would not have reached this point. This includes you, the volunteers, Wellington Town Council and Rebecca Pow MP. They’re going to need to keep working closely with the local community if they are going to engage more people with the site and reach our target. They will imminently be recruiting a full-time Community Fundraiser & Engagement Officer to lead this aspect of the project – please do keep an eye out for the advert.
As well as completing the detailed design work the project team will explore other fundraising opportunities this summer, getting out and about talking to people locally about the problems faced by the monument, listening to why it’s important to people and letting the community know how they can help and get involved.